This week's Answer:
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that is an excellent question. I'm so glad somebody asked me that. And
the answer is just one word.
large font was purposeful.) Let me say it again in a different way to
get make sure I got my point across.
even larger font was also on purpose.) You could be preparing until
the cows come home. (And, even if they do come home, you could
still be in your barn, preparing.) Do you know how many people have
told me that they're getting ready to write their screenplay? If
you're getting ready to answer that question...
that there's anything wrong with answering. It's just that I don't
actually know the number of how many people have told me that.
But I'm sure there's a lot.
of thinking about the idea of preparing, think "diving". So,
if you had asked me, "Douglas, how do I dive to write my
script?" I would become very Zen and say, "Your answer is
already there in your question." And after that had you
completely confused and probably a little irritated, I'd say,
"Just dive in." And then I would caution you to dive into
your screenplay's pool but to not bring along your editor. He can join
you, but much, much later.
sure, you'll eventually need a structured outline and all that other
"stuff". But don't get ready to get ready. Because, if
you do, you'll never be ready. (You'll be too busy getting
not only dive, but dive deep. Remember it's you who is
writing your screenplay and nobody else can write it like you can.
Learn more about yourself as you explore the deep waters of your
theme, find out what is important to you, and how you want to say it.
remember to come up for air once in a while.
offer) if you want phone assistance to explore your theme.